PITTSBURGH — Power management company Eaton announced it was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) to further research initiatives that will provide utilities with the intelligence needed to accurately detect, respond and recover from a cyberattack. Eaton is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on the project.
Current utility systems do not distinguish between electrical faults and disruption caused by a cyberattack. Eaton and NREL are working together to test, prototype, and commercialize new technology that will help utilities identify the source of an intrusion, obtain the intelligence needed for recovery, and gain insight into potential network vulnerabilities.
“Companies need trusted tools to improve the cyber resilience of their critical infrastructure,” said Michael Regelski, senior vice president, R&D for Intelligent Power Management Solutions and Electrical Sector chief technology officer at Eaton. “We’re developing a data-driven system that enables accurate and rapid recovery from cyberattack. This technology complements our comprehensive organization-wide approach to cybersecurity and preventive measures.”
Under the Department of Energy grant, Eaton will address the security gap at the edge-level of the power system through threat detection and real-time warning of potential conditions threatening grid stability and business integrity.cybersecurity, Eaton